Tummy time is the best way for your infant to develop head control. It serves many functions for development. To understand this, try a simple experiment.
- Lie on your back and flail your arms in the air.
- Notice you have nothing to push against, nothing to do but use your vision to support you.
- Now, turn over and lie on your tummy.
- Notice how you can push up with your forearms against the floor.
- Feel how this push travels through your whole body; ideally down your spine, and out your toes.
- Notice how on your tummy allows you to learn how to life your head, a very important infant task for ages 1-5 months
tummy time is high priority for infant learning. If your baby fusses and doesn’t like it, try getting down on the floor at their level. Interact with them. One mom who tried this simple thing said her baby was so much more alert when she went to Mom’s groups. She felt her interactive time with her infant where she was on the floor had helped her babies development far beyond her babies “peers.”
Tummy time is simple. I also suggest using compressive touch to your baby’s, feet, ankles, forearms when on their tummy. Help them feel and orient to weight and pressure.
supportive Tummy Time surfaces
As you can see with the first video, baby is crawling on a smooth surface. On some of the videos you will see infants on carpets. This is not the best surface for learning to crawl. Notice on video #2 how the baby is dragging along in the army crawl.
A simple thing to do if you don’t have a wood floor or linoleum, is to buy a short roll of linoleum from Home Depot or Lowe’s Building Supply. I used to carry a roll in my car when I worked with babies in their homes.
You want your infant to be able to slide, not be dragged by the friction of carpet.
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Birth Trauma can create fussy Tummy Time
Get hands on support from a good chiropractor, Body-Mind Centering infant practitioner, or cranial sacral. One grandma was lamenting that her grandaughter screamed a lot. When asked, it turned out that she had Torticulus, a strain in her neck. The pediatrician said she would outgrow it; however, the wise grandmother brought the baby to her chiropractor and with very light adjustments, her grandaughters neck was realigned and the screams stopped! Please get the proper care. Often physicians do not understand developmental movement or know resources for you as a parent.
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